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Poster: gmcgill Date: Dec 29, 2019 8:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 50th Anniversary of First Show

I meant to post a few days ago to commemorate the 50th anniversary of my first show. 12/26/1969, SMU Auditorium, Dallas, Texas. Happy Holidays everyone. https://archive.org/details/gd1969-12-26.sbd.warner-evans.28448.sbeok.flac16

https://archive.org/details/gd1969-12-26.136636.electric.sbd.mr.cass.sirmick.flac1648 This post was modified by gmcgill on 2019-12-29 15:54:21 This post was modified by gmcgill on 2019-12-29 15:58:47 This post was modified by gmcgill on 2019-12-29 15:59:18 This post was modified by gmcgill on 2019-12-29 16:00:53

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Poster: Reade Date: Dec 29, 2019 12:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 50th Anniversary of First Show

Some good detail on their setup and gear in this review, though not sure about the venue being 'obscure,' or the date being 'un-notable.' Those things tend to be in the eye of the beholder- I'm sure you'd agree on that.

"Reviewer: Folkhippy - September 2, 2011
Subject: A hidden gem...
This could be one of the greatest intro-to-1970 shows the Dead did in the latter half of 1969. The sound quality of this tape is truly impressive, and the performance matches right up there with it.

The sound is silky smooth in the lows and crystal clear in the highs. "All Around This World," "Little Sadie," "Long Black Limo" and "Uncle John's Band" are spectacular. The Jer/Bobby/Phil vocal harmonies are SPOT ON throughout the entire show, especially on UJB. Everyone needs to set aside some time and focus on the China>Rider. It is absolutely perfect! One of the best they've ever done!

Jerry is playing his brown sunburst Fender Strat. Phil is playing his Alembic-modified Gibson EB-0 bass with Guild single-coil pickups. Bob is most likely playing his big Guild hollow-body double cutaway (as seen on the Woodstock film and photos from that era). All fed into Fender Twin Reverb and Bassman amps. This combination of instruments and amps gives the Dead their late-60s signature sound.

This show just goes to show that even on an un-notable date, at an obscure auditorium in Dallas, Texas, the Dead are still amazing."

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Poster: gmcgill Date: Dec 29, 2019 5:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 50th Anniversary of First Show

Yep, the whole experience was amazing to me. But I was just a young teenager. The drummer was running late to show and they made some comments about this and started with an acoustic set. Decades later of course I learned that it was Billy and his flight was delayed. I thought I read that this became one of the earliest acoustic set shows (although accidental). Never bothered to fully confirm that.

Of course to me at the time I was basically clueless and just thought the scene was very cool. The largest gathering of “hippies” I’d ever seen. And the sound in that relatively small theater was very good. I went on to see probably 100s of rock shows in Dallas, Ft Worth over the 1970s. Most major acts played there in “flyover” country.

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Poster: Reade Date: Dec 29, 2019 6:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 50th Anniversary of First Show

I think they started with acoustic sets earlier that year though typically they occurred in and around their Bay Area home turf.
If I'm not mistaken this is one of the first, or maybe THE first, 'road game' acoustic sets. Hence the need for a cover story about a late band member, 'floating the idea of an acoustic set without confronting' (as one reviewer put it) a paying crowd with very different expectations. https://archive.org/post/339855/tdih-acoustic-explorations-on-a-theme This post was modified by Reade on 2019-12-30 02:01:49

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Poster: Vermoontains Date: Dec 30, 2019 9:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 50th Anniversary of First Show

I never bought that story and think it was as simple as said.

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Poster: gmcgill Date: Dec 29, 2019 6:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 50th Anniversary of First Show

Interesting thread. Thanks for linking.

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Poster: Vermoontains Date: Dec 30, 2019 9:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 50th Anniversary of First Show

I always liked the honest kindness when Bob suggests Flowers for the masters Bouquet and Jerry sounds surprised and asks 'You know that one?'